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La Crema Russian River Chardonnay 2021

14.30% /
750ml /
Vintage: 2021
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In the aftermath of a challenging harvest 2020 season, La Crema Russian River Chardonnay 2021 emerges as a testament to resilience and artistry. Crafted by the skilled winemaker, Craig McAllister, this wine showcases the best of Sonoma County’s vineyards in a stunning blend of aromas and flavors.

In the glass, the wine presents a beautiful golden hue that hints at its lush and inviting character. On the nose, a symphony of lemon, pineapple, and nectarine notes dances gracefully, inviting you deeper into the experience. Subtle hints of brioche, spice, and oak lend a delicate complexity that adds intrigue to the aroma.

The first sip reveals a tapestry of flavors that unfold on the palate. Ripe pear, tangy tangerine, and succulent honeydew melon intertwine harmoniously, creating a refreshing and vibrant fruit medley. As the wine evolves, heady flavors of apple galette emerge, adding a vein of richness and depth.

La Crema’s 2021 Russian River Chardonnay boasts a fleshy and concentrated texture that coats the palate with a sense of luxury. The lively acidity balances the juiciness, keeping the wine bright and vibrant from the first sip to the lingering finish.

The artisan winemaking process at La Crema shines through in the wine’s impeccable structure. The fruit is treated with utmost care, gently pressed, and settled for 24 hours before fermentation in oak barrels. A thoughtful touch comes from the use of a house strain of malolactic bacteria in 15% of the lot, enhancing the wine’s complexity and texture. Lees stirring, combined with aging on lees for 9 to 10 months, further refines the wine’s character.

La Crema Russian River Chardonnay 2021 is a remarkable expression of the terroir and craftsmanship, inviting wine enthusiasts on a delightful journey of flavors. Savor this exquisite wine with grilled seafood, creamy pastas, or roasted poultry dishes to elevate your dining experience to new heights. Whether you’re a seasoned wine connoisseur or a curious explorer, this Chardonnay promises to captivate your senses and leave a lasting impression.

75 reviews for La Crema Russian River Chardonnay 2021

  1. Franklin Miles

    Interesting nose of sawdust and pear. Sour pear taste that I didn’t enjoy, but a buttery mid palate and smoky finish that I did.

  2. Nicole Moore

    Great balance of fruit, butter, and oak.

  3. Kenneth Headd

    Zeke’s wedding in Mendocino had a light yellow wine with lime and apple scents. It was creamy, not too fruity and had a medium toast with hints of butter and stone fruit. It was decent but not very complex.

  4. Todd Brooks

    Buttery with pear, hazelnut, butterscotch, vanilla and spice aromas. Too oaky.

  5. Joshua Brussel

    Delicious butterscotch notes.

  6. Charles Sutton

    Rich, full-bodied wine.

  7. Deborah Depew

    Good fruit with peach and a hint of lemon on the nose. Supportive mid-palate with mild oak. Not too buttery like usual Californian wines. Suffers from flab and lack of acid. Solid buy, but not excellent or outstanding.

  8. Paul Reed

    Flat spicy pear.

  9. Rodney Hanson

    Elegant, yet lacks concentrated fruit.

  10. Mary Randolph

    Buttery and sweet with a fatty mouthfeel. Noticeable heat on the finish. Fair to good.

  11. Peggy Garcia

    Good nose, grassy and mineral. Palate has honey, melon, butter, and nuttiness. Not exactly what the vintages lady promised, but still excellent.

  12. Lorenzo Kelly

    La Crema’s Chardonnay boasts an aromatic bouquet with notes of melon and honeysuckle, making it one of their best.

  13. Catherine Hanus


  14. Jean Robinson


  15. Virginia Staton

    Candied fruit overload, but saved by smooth finish.

  16. Priscilla Teeter

    Excessive butter.

  17. Sophie Gonce

    Creamy, classic medium oaked Cali chard with notes of apple and ripe melon, medium acidity and slight tropical aspect. A bit hot but not blowsy.

  18. Doris Smith


  19. Suzanne Hoge

    Solid pear and lemon aromas with good acidity. Tangy finish with apricots and smoky notes.

  20. Pauline Esmond

    Unexpectedly citrusy and mineral-rich for an RRV wine with oak aging. Smooth finish.

  21. Miguel Mullins

    Great value California Chardonnay with light oak notes.

  22. Michael Sahota

    Excellent classic California chardonnay with balanced butter and oak.

  23. Douglas Berryhill

    Smooth and crisp wine with yellow plum, cognac, and honey spice aromas. Butterscotch and grilled pear flavors with good QPR.

  24. Herbert Barnwell

    An excellent example of balance – yellow apple, white peach and lime fruit against a backdrop of toast and honey from the oak. Impressive.

  25. Lorraine Nobles

    Moderate, lacks full body.

  26. Wilma Palmer

    Prefer the Sonoma La Crema

  27. Sofia Gibbs

    Nice, but not complex. Creamy and butterscotch flavors are prominent.

  28. Sterling Robinson

    Russian River No. 10 has a bay leaf and candied aroma. It has medium acidity, dry, and a medium body. It has a long Sweet Almond nutty finish, good balance, length, and intensity, but low complexity. It’s a good wine, well-made, but one-dimensional.

  29. Sandra Kozak

    Lovely medium-bodied California Chardonnay with assertive oak, apple, and pear flavors. Soft, buttery, and well-balanced, perfect for sipping.

  30. Robert Jarman

    Uncomplicated chardonnay with classic notes of lemon, lime, and brioche.

  31. Joseph Poor

    Tasty, round, and medium-bodied with notes of toffee, vanilla, and citrus. Light oak and spice. Nice texture.

  32. Manuel Thomas

    Perfect pairing with cheeses.

  33. Jonathan Sullivan

    Complex with mineral notes, less buttery than regular La Crema.

  34. Barbara Holloway

    Nice and buttery, would drink again.

  35. Steven Beach

    One-dimensional, medium-bodied wine with melon, pineapple, and butterscotch notes. Short finish.

  36. Teresa Miller

    Rich and creamy with notes of yellow pear, peaches, and apples. Medium acidity with a bold texture. Aged 8 months in new French oak.

  37. Ryan Mclean

    Pale straw with pear, butter, and apricot notes. Low acid, no tannins, not sweet. Balanced finish with a hint of apple.

  38. Gregory Robles

    Buy again for excellent oak and buttery taste with a touch of sweetness.

  39. Julie Hooper


  40. George Cushing

    Solidly structured, rich California Chardonnay with notes of butter and caramel and a long finish.

  41. Jerry Stewart

    Over-massaged tropical flavors, resembles CA Chardonnay. Too much buttery taste. If you enjoy overdone Chardonnay, this is for you.

  42. Jeffrey Tefft

    High acidity.

  43. Alton Carroll

    Medium body with stone fruit flavors and lower acidity than 2016. Enjoyable on its own.

  44. Claire Eliezrie

    Balanced and easy to drink, this Chardonnay has true varietal flavors with a hint of peaches and oak. Fun and affordable at $24.

  45. Deborah Neil

    “Oak-forward with balanced acidity, controlled fruits. Typical Cal chard.”

  46. Sarah Mccormick

    Tropical and lemony taste.

  47. Maybelle Dilbeck

    Notes of citrus and floral.

  48. Christopher Malone

    Pop and pour for a weeknight, save half for later. Lemon and grapefruit scents when warmed.

  49. Christine Barrett

    High Acl. 14.5%, Herbs, Butter, Biscuit from lees.

  50. James Robinson

    VIP box Chardonnay has a plastic scent and a simple finish, with full mid-palate fruitiness.

  51. Jeremiah Dunneback

    Balanced and elegant, with notes of pear, apple, and minerals. Medium-full bodied and crunchy with a smooth finish.

  52. Willie Boggan

    Total’s oak and cream notes with a toasty flavor is a fat and round wine with simple yet pleasing taste. The price point is unbeatable.

  53. John Schmidt

    Got this La Crema Chardonnay at 50% off from Jewel on the last day of normalcy. It’s pretty nice for the money. Will check out remaindered shelves during a pandemic more often.

  54. Vicki Howard

    Buttery and oaky with a full body and good balance.

  55. Phillip Hippler

    Medium straw-gold color with oak, vanilla, banana, and citrus creme. Generous on fruit and alcohol. Lacks acidity and balance. Clean finish. 84.

  56. Kevin Leonard

    Wine not worth the price. Similar to cheaper options at Costco.

  57. Tiffany Meade

    Oak-forward notes complemented creamy cheeses.

  58. Danny Henderson

    Toasty, oaky, creamy.

  59. Jean Moreno

    Disappointing. Better options at lower prices.

  60. Sheila Rufe

    Crisp and refreshing traditional Chardonnay from the Russian River Valley with good acidity, semi-dry, and well-balanced notes of honeysuckle and cantaloupe.

  61. John Baldwin

    Great well-rounded Chardonnay with good acidity, nice body, and a hint of butter. Mild smoke. Perfect for any occasion.

  62. Peter Johnson

    Average Chardonnay, lacking oak and crispness. Falls between Chablis and California Chardonnay.

  63. Shellie Kelly

    Love this unoaked chardonnay! Perfect balance of tart and sweet with notes of peach and citrus.

  64. Ellen Rodriguez

    Review: Juicy peach and stone fruit with a touch of lemon and cedar, but the oak overpowers the fruit. Textured with woody tannins and a buttery finish, but ultimately underwhelming.

  65. Pauline Valdez

  66. Phillip Tate

    Solid chardonnay, notes of apricot and pear with mild oak. Great solo or with food.

  67. Wayne Bodrey

    Great value at $25, mid-weight Chard that hits all the right notes after 30 mins of air time. Recommended over more expensive options.

  68. Vincent Dominquez

    La Crema’s wine is a beauty. The finish of apples, pears, and peaches is moderately complex, with only a hint of oak. No citrus or butter detected. A consistent offering from La Crema, and a steal at a supermarket closeout price.

  69. Selina Collins

    Great value. Notes of citrus and vanilla with a subtle oak finish.

  70. Robert Horner

    Pairs well with chicken adobe – crisp and delicious.

  71. Casey Layton

    Sharp and young, better for cooking.

  72. Peter Rodriguez

    Assertive and woodsy with a broad finish. Notes of banana, vanilla toast, and lemon curd. 4/5.

  73. Antonio Blank

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  74. Daniel Kerr

    Wine was too forward, lacking integration with oak and fruit. Will try again for better review.

  75. Mary Borst

    Full-bodied with balanced sweetness and acidity, great value at $22.

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What does La Crema Russian River Chardonnay 2021 taste like?

Earthy Flavors of the wine

earthy, mushroom, smoke

Red Fruit flavors of the wine

cherry, raspberry, strawberry

Oaky Flavors of the wine

oak, vanilla, chocolate

apple, green apple, pear

Black Fruit Flavors of the wine

blackberry, plum, dark fruit

Aromas and Flavors of Spices in the wine

pepper, cinnamon, savory

Citrus notes found in the wine

citrus, lemon, lemon zest

cheese, cream, toasted bread

Vegetal notes found in the wine

grass, asparagus, straw


tropical, pineapple, mango

Floral aromas found in the wine

violet, jasmine, honeysuckle

Food Pairing with La Crema Russian River Chardonnay 2021

Our wine experts think this Buttery and Complex La Crema Russian River Chardonnay 2021 wine would be a match made in heaven with these dishes. Bon appétit!
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La Crema, situated in the picturesque Russian River Valley of Sonoma County, has been crafting exceptional wines since its inception in 1979. Founded by a group of passionate individuals, La Crema gained prominence for its commitment to producing Burgundian varietals, particularly Chardonnay and Pinot Noir, known for their finesse and complexity. In 1993, the renowned vintner Jess Jackson, famous for Kendall-Jackson wines, took over the reins of La Crema, infusing the winery with his expertise and vision. Under his guidance, La Crema flourished, earning a reputation for crafting high-quality wines at accessible price points. The vineyards that form the backbone of La Crema's wines are spread across various renowned regions of California. Grapes are sourced from vineyards in Anderson...check our brand La Crema
Chardonnay, a green-skinned grape variety, is renowned in the world of white wine production. Originating from France's Burgundy region, it has spread globally, becoming a staple in diverse wine regions from the cooler climates of England to the sunnier terrains of New Zealand. Its cultivation is often viewed as a benchmark for emerging wine regions, symbolizing their entry into the global wine scene. The grape itself is relatively neutral, allowing the environment (terroir) and winemaking techniques, especially oak aging, to play significant roles in shaping the wine's flavor profile. Chardonnay is known for its versatility in styles - ranging from the mineral-rich, crisp wines of Chablis to the oak-infused, tropical-flavored varieties of the New World. The climate greatly influences...Please check Chardonnay for more information

Winemaker of La Crema Russian River Chardonnay 2021

Craig McAllister

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The Russian River Valley, nestled in the heart of Sonoma County, California, is a region steeped in history, enriched by a unique terroir, and blessed with a climate conducive to the cultivation of world-class grapes. Its story is one of natural beauty, agricultural innovation, and viticultural excellence, making it a revered American Viticultural Area (AVA) that commands the attention of wine enthusiasts and experts alike. The origins of the Russian River Valley's viticultural significance can be traced back to the early 19th century, during the era of exploration and settlement by the Russian-American Company. These pioneers, in their quest for sustainable food sources, recognized the fertile potential of the ...Check Region for more information

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